Right-hander Zack Greinke to start Opening Day for Arizona Diamondbacks

Mar 1, 2017, 2:00 PM | Updated: Mar 2, 2017, 11:33 am
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) throws against the Colorado Rockies during ...
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) throws against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 4, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
(AP Photo/Matt York)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — For the second straight year, it will be right-hander Zack Greinke throwing the first pitch to begin an Arizona Diamondbacks season.

He’ll start Opening Day against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, April 2 at Chase Field.

Manager Torey Lovullo made the announcement on Wednesday, prior to the team facing the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch.

The news had been expected for a while now — since the start of spring training, really — but the D-backs chose to wait before making it official. The wait, perhaps, was due to Greinke’s absence through the first handful of Cactus League games.

That wait is now over, as well.

Greinke will make his debut Friday when the D-backs host the Los Angeles Dodgers at Salt River Fields. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m.

Greinke is the last of the D-backs’ projected starting rotation to take the mound this spring.

The decision to slow-play Greinke’s progress has been deliberate, according to Lovullo.

“Out of fairness to him and what he’s done in this game we thought that it would be to our advantage to let him get ready on his own time frame,” he said.

Greinke, whom the D-backs signed to a six-year, $206.5 million contract in 2015, has thrown a pair of live batting practice sessions. He’s expected to throw two innings, or 35 pitches, on Friday.

“It’s about the buildup. We know that, and he’s going to be built up exactly where he needs to be built up to (ahead of Opening Day),” Lovullo said. “If he has a long first inning, then — as we would have done with any of our other guys — we would’ve probably taken him out of the game after the first inning. Zack will follow the same guidelines as all the other guys.”

Last year on Opening Day, Greinke recorded his worst start in four years, allowing seven runs on nine hits, including three home runs, in four innings of what was a 10-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies.

Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter

Arizona Diamondbacks

A general view of Chase Field during a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondback...
Alex Weiner

Diamondbacks sign highly ranked international shortstop prospect

The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to sign one of the top international shortstop prospects, Abdidas De La Cruz, for $1.2 million. 
6 days ago
Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Ketel Marte (4) throws to home plate in the bottom of the fifth...
Arizona Sports

D-backs scheduled to face Rockies in Las Vegas spring series

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies have scheduled a spring training series on March 18-19 in Las Vegas.
7 days ago
Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals and head coach Kliff Kingsbury wait along the sidelines du...
Kevin Zimmerman

New Year’s resolutions for the Arizona sports teams in 2022

Here are what the local teams that air on 98.7 FM can look forward to achieving in the new year. Let's lend them some resolutions.
23 days ago
Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns dunks the ball over Ivica Zubac #40 of the LA Clippers  durin...
Arizona Sports

The best Arizona sports plays of 2021

Being in high-leverage games tends to produce big moments, and multiple local teams competed for a championship this year.
21 days ago
(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)...
Arizona Sports

The most-read stories of 2021

It's been a newsy year in the sports world. For, we looked at the two most-read articles for every month of 2021.
22 days ago
Suns’ Devin Booker doesn’t play 4th quarter of NBA Finals’ Game 3 loss (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)...
Kellan Olson

The best Arizona sports performances of 2021

The Arizona sports scene provided some great individual performances in the year 2021. Here are some of the best.
24 days ago
Right-hander Zack Greinke to start Opening Day for Arizona Diamondbacks